Friday, May 22, 2009

May 17, 2009 Sunday School Party (Before We Break For Summer)...
























I had been told about 3 1/2 weeks ago that I was being volunteered to do some games for the smaller kids for our end of the Sunday School season party. We break for summer since so many people go away. I came up with a good, old traditional, American relay race for all the kids. (complete with: taking shots into a basketball net, carrying an egg on a spoon, shooting at a target with Nerf guns, exchanging a small ball from one person to another under the neck, a clothes relay, carry a large water balloon between your knees as you walk through the cones, and a three legged race, then a three legged race while carrying a spoon with an egg in it) It went... Okay. Would have worked smoothly had there been a bit more cooperation. But... for being the FIRST time for this type of relay, well, it could have been much worse. Here are some pictures of the groups of people who participated. I actually had not been feeling well, so I left shortly after cleaning up.

I have been trying to welcome the little opportunities God gives me to be stretched and grown, but... I need to work on flexibility and accepting when things do not go my way or as planned. You would think I would understand this after having five kids and hardly anything going as planned, but I alway HOPE...

Anyhow the theme was based on Hebrews 12:1 where it talks about "running the race of faith with perseverance"... I hoped the kids could have lots of fun, but also learn a lot about encouraging one another and building each other up, that they would see the value of working together, and that they would see that each of us is different and have different talents, but we are still important to God's plan as a whole. Not sure if they got all of that, but... It was worth the try.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

May 10, 2009 Mother's Day Family Picture...


We went to lunch at a restaurant in Laceno. Yummy!! Afterwards, we took this picture. It was a nice day with volleyball playing in the afternoon, and ice cream at night. ;-)

By the way, this was before haircuts. They aren't so shaggy now. Out with winter, in with spring!!!

May 16, 2009 Luca's Birthday Party...

Having Fun And Original Parties For My Kids Is A Passion Of Mine. I Enjoy The Brainstorming, And The Active Coming-To-Pass... Here is my latest adventure in economical party planning. We ate hotdogs and hamburgers, had large sweet and sour pickles, chips, and the cake. More than that was not needed, though I had other things on hand if I did. I made oatmeal-chocolate chip-raisin cookies, too, but forgot about them with the excitement everyone had over the cake. Well, look on to see what I have been up to... Hope you enjoy seeing what happened on this special day... :-)



Getting Ready for the fun to begin... Frenzied, harried, but oh so excited!!! Here is before I actually finished cleaning up the Kitchen. :-) It did happen, though.








A closer look at my redone "happy birthday" banner... Love the big, colorful dots...








If you look closely you will see that I made polka dot stars to tape to the ceiling, along with the other decorations.








Remember these? I remember bell shaped ones for weddings mostly... It is like an accordian sphere








A new painting from a friend is displayed on a "clawed" coat rack along with some of the Dr. Seuss board books we got a few years ago from my mom









The other "clawed" coat rack with Dr. Seuss Books on them...








Homemade Decorations and the verse I always think about for birthday and celebrations, "This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24








Window and wall decor... Squares with stripes and polka dots cut out and filled in with color. Bought spheres. Added polka dot baby blanket that were for each of the kids.








The papercut on the left is Luca's 5th Birthday card, for now, while the one on the right was his 4th Birthday card...








The decorated kitchen cabinets and my new polka dot table cloth. A market find.








Recycle your fun sheets as table cloths for safer areas... The drink table is safer than the actual eating table in most cases, I think. Though pink stripes, I could not resist adding it to the party somehow.









It would not be a Dr. Seuss-y party without "The Cat In The Hat"!!!...








Elaine and Little S...








Typical... talking, listening, relaxing...








Guests listening in on conversations...









Dario loves walking and being outside...









Soccer in the newly mown field...










Chalk art on the driveway- simple but oh so fun!!!








Luca is so excited!!! And he loves his cake!!!










The kids look unhappy, don't they, but that is not the case, I assure you. Accept in the case of Dario who was unhappy having to be posed...








This... Is The Gorgeous and Most-Fun Cake!!! What a wonderful end result! (says, "A High-Flying Kite/ And A Soaring Fish/ Delivering Luca's Wish"--- a Dr. Seuss-y rhyme made up by my friend, Elaine, herself.) Loved it! :-)











N., Luca's friend from school, and Luca...








G. and Miranda...









Swing set time...









Friends, some new to each other, some old, but having fun together just the same...









Kathy's 1st daughter, I., loves animals...









Kathy and sweet Baby M...









Carmine, Are You Having Fun?









Soccer Dodgeball Recipients Up Close And Personal (S.,A., Giosaia, S., Antonio, S.) ...









Luca and friend, Ester...








Soccer Dodgeball recipients...








Soccer Dodgeball kicker, Anthony...








Very happy Joe!!!









Two very tired girlies- Miranda and friend Sophie...








Down Time?...









The Two Anthonys...









Kathy and Baby M...








Pretty Flowers...








The Old Standby 1... Hopscotch









Fire Breathing... Dinosaur?










A Dinosaur...













A Person...








The old standby 2... tic-tac-toe










Sidewalk chalk mommy








There I am... At least in shadow.












Oh, I had so many things planned for this "Dr. Seuss-y Fish in the Bowl/Fish in the Pot" themed party. The sub-themes were kites, stars, polka dots, and stripes. I made most of the decorations with construction paper, card board, glue and scissors. I bought colorful spheres, and utilized the plush Cat in the Hat that my Aunt E. gave Miranda for her 3rd birthday. I displayed any Dr. Seuss books we had on a couple of "claw" coat racks I had my hubby put up. I redid our old "Buon Compleanno" banner and added different colored dotted backgrounds. Turned out just so bright and cheerful. I liked it better this way!

Our guests came from as far away as Naples and Avellino and as near as down the street. Out of the 21 adults and 19 kids that were invited, it was involuntarily whittled down to 15 adults and 17 kids. The weather was not unbearably hot, and I am definitely grateful it did not rain as it was supposed to. It was perfect for outside playing weather. The adults lounged around talking and the kids busied themselves with soccer games, soccer dodge ball, making chalk art on the driveway (I will show some off here), playing on the swingset, etc... I did not get to do any of the activities I had planned, but it seemed that everyone had a really nice time. I was a little disappointed not to have done the other things, but... Sometimes, being flexible is not easy for me. :-)

The cake was marvelous and absolutely yummy, too. It is a creatiion of my friend, Elaine. Anthony saw it and said that, in his opinion, it was the best looking cake she had ever made so far. That is quite the compliment. It was so colorful, fun and creative, you just did not wish to eat it, but aren't we glad we did? It was tasty as can be. My father-in-law asked for seconds, which also is a HUGE compliment. :-) Thank you so much, Elaine!!! For sharing in the memory making!!

After most of the guests had gone, I was able to spend some extra time with my friends Kathy and Elaine and their families... That was also much appreciated.

A very nice day!! sigh...